By George C. Bradley,Richard L. Dahlen

In the summer season of 1862, the U.S. military courtroom martialed Colonel John B. Turchin, a Russian-born Union officer, for offenses devoted via his troops in Athens, Alabama, together with looting, secure cracking, the vandalization of houses, and the rape of younger black girl. The pillage of Athens violated a central authority coverage of conciliation; it was once was hoping that if Southern civilians have been taken care of lightly as voters of the us, they might quickly go back their allegiance to the federal government.

 

By analyzing the volunteers who made up Turchin’ s strength, the colonel's trial, his next promoting, the coverage debate surrounding the incident and the general public response to the result, the authors extra light up the most provocative questions in Civil struggle reviews: how did the coverage set forth through President Lincoln evolve from one in every of conciliation to at least one way more glossy in nature, putting the weight of conflict at the civilian inhabitants of the South?

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